We’d like to introduce you to Bernie G. , for this week’s volunteer spotlight. Check out his story below!
I have been volunteering at the Greensboro Science Center for over 12 years. I work in many areas including the Aquarium, Zoo and Special Events. As a Tier 2, I help to prepare diets for the Aquarium and usually volunteer 2-3 times a week.
I chose the Greensboro Science Center for many reasons. I wanted to use my experience in science and enjoyment working with children and animals, as well as the flexible schedule.
Some of my favorite memories come from meeting all the visitors both young and old, especially those from other states or around the world. When I finish volunteering (not too soon I hope), these memories will last forever.
What I find most rewarding is when a child is hesitant to touch an animal (ray, goat, reptile) for the first time. After I tell them about the animal and assure them that it won’t bite, I enjoy seeing the smile on their face while the parents take pictures. Another thing that’s rewarding is knowing that I am helping Greensboro and all of North Carolina by volunteering in such a great facility, and getting greater, as the Greensboro Science Center.
Bernie currently has the most hours served of any active volunteer at the Greensboro Science Center. His hourly total since 2004 is 3,293 hours!!!